When Mark Zuckerberg built the first version of Facebook in his college dorm room at Harvard, he imagined it as a window that would allow people to look in on the lives of other users. If Google was a search engine for information then Facebook, by contrast, was a search engine for people. Fifteen years later, Facebook has taken this ambition to the next level. By creating Portal and Portal+, its line of screen-enhanced smart speakers, launched in November 2018, the social media giant has established a far more literal window, letting Facebook users to make video calls to one another. The Portal smart speakers literalize another Facebook dream, too. Where Facebook was, in essence, a search engine for people, Portal actually does search them out: with a roving 12-megapixel camera, boasting a 140-degree field of view, which follows you around the room to see what you’re doing. As Digital Trends put it in our review, “if you’re busy moving about the kitchen while … [Read more...] about Here’s how Facebook taught its Portal A.I. to think like a Hollywood filmmaker
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By Molly Schuetz Published 6:03 pm CST, Wednesday, December 26, 2018 Amazon Inc. packages sit in a cardboard bin at the United States Postal Service (USPS) Merrifield processing and distribution center in Merrifield, Virginia, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The USPS expects to deliver almost 15 billion pieces of mail and 900 million packages in the period between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg less Amazon Inc. packages sit in a cardboard bin at the United States Postal Service (USPS) Merrifield processing and distribution center in Merrifield, Virginia, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The USPS expects ... more Photo: Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg Photo: Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Amazon Inc. … [Read more...] about Amazon has record holiday sales
Editor’s Note: Ten days after this story about the death of Laura Levis was published on BostonGlobe.com, the leaders of Somerville hospital’s parent company, Cambridge Health Alliance, met with her husband, Peter DeMarco, at the Globe’s Boston office. DeMarco, who had talked about the story on NBC Nightly News and other outlets, had asked CHA nearly a month earlier to answer questions about his wife’s death. * * * SEPTEMBER 16, 2016, 4:23:59 A.M. 911 operator: “This line is recorded. Where is your emergency?” Laura: “I’m at Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “I’m sorry. Where are you?” Laura: “Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “OK, what’s the emergency?” Laura: “I’m having an asthma attack. I’m dying.” 911 operator: “Whereabouts are you at the hospital?” Laura: “Emergency room.” 911 operator: “OK.” Laura: … [Read more...] about Laura Levis was left to die outside an ER. Why were the doors locked?
Editorial By Daniel Eran Dilger Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 05:43 am PT (08:43 am ET) Unlike any other major consumer electronics company, Apple has long detailed quarterly unit sales along with revenue figures for its major product categories. This initially helped investors get a sense of how many buyers Apple was attracting with its Macs, and later began to reveal to investors how iPod and then iPhone were reaching entirely new audiences. Here's a look at why that's now changing in Apple's Fiscal 2019. The previous article in this series outlined why Apple's change in accounting isn't an attempt to hide bad news; the company will still be reporting revenue, and Apple just provided guidance for a record-setting holiday season this quarter. On its November 1 conference call, Apple's chief financial officer Luca Maestri stated "we have the strongest lineup ever as we enter the holiday season and we expect revenue to be between $89 billion and $93 billion, a new all-time record." … [Read more...] about Five reasons why Apple is ending unit sales reporting of Mac, iPhone, and iPad
Samsung is ready to ditch lithium-ion smartphone batteries in favor of graphene cells, according to a new rumor wave that emerged on Chinese social media network Weibo. Details on the matter remain slim, with the speculation being based on an unverified claim that the company’s Advanced Institute of Technology completed the development of its first-generation graphene batteries and will start mass-producing them next year. As the company is unlikely to immediately license such a seminal technology, a first-party implementation of the thereof is likely to debut before Samsung’s graphene batteries become available to third-party manufacturers. The production of the unconventional cells should be handled by Samsung SDI, the main battery-making arm of the Seoul-based conglomerate. A move to graphene is predicted to allow for a major evolution of the contemporary smartphone concept, enabling higher-capacity batteries that last longer, are quicker to charge, and aren’t as … [Read more...] about Samsung Ready To Ditch Li-Ion Smartphone Batteries For Graphene